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Sonnenberg Gardens Receives $87,000 Grant

Aug 08th, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sonnenberg Gardens Receives $87,000 Grant

CANANDAIGUA – Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is pleased to announce that Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved the park to receive a grant of up to $87,134 from the New York State Department of Labor under the Apprenticeship Expansion Grant (AEG).

This funding has been made available by the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) through a Federal grant to support States’ efforts to expand and diversify Registered Apprenticeship (RA) to better respond to industry workforce demands. This award is for three apprenticeships’ programs  including a six-month Stone Mason plus a year-round Landscape Nursery Manager and Building Mechanic Technician.

This program will enable Sonnenberg Gardens to develop skilled trades people for its own workforce as well as the community at large with a 2018 start date.


Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is one of America’s longest surviving estates from the Victorian Era. The elegant Queen Anne-style mansion was built in 1887 in Canandaigua by New York City financier Frederick Ferris Thompson, and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson, as a summer home. Between 1901 and 1920, the widowed Mrs. Thompson created the nine formal gardens as a tribute to the places she and Frederick had traveled to or had always wanted to visit. The grounds are open to the public from May 1 through October 31 each year. Sonnenberg is a non-profit organization dependent upon the support of members, sponsors, and its dedicated corps of volunteers. For more information, contact Marketing Director Kimberly Burkard or Executive Director David Hutchings at 585-394-4922.

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